MacStadium Blog

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Selecting a Scalable CI Pipeline for macOS

March 10, 2020
November 7, 2019

Your company is growing and there are many factors contributing to the need for a more efficient CI infrastructure. Learn how MacStadium can aid in the transition to an infrastructure that can support a product at scale.

Xcode 11

Reports of Xcode 11 building slow: 50% increase in build times?

March 10, 2020
October 8, 2019

We recently had a call with a customer who has been experiencing slow run-times after moving to Xcode 11. Have you experienced similar issues? We want to know!

macOS Catalina

Catalina Released... and Live on Orka!

March 10, 2020
October 7, 2019

Catalina was officially released today, and within a matter of hours, the Orka team had made a Catalina ISO available to our customers. We encourage all of our current Orka customers to pull the new ISO and give Catalina a try.

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DevOps World | Jenkins World Talks are LIVE

March 10, 2020
October 3, 2019

The 2019 DevOps World | Jenkins World conference in San Francisco is in the books. While we were there, we hit as many of the talks as we could. In this piece, we take a look back at some of our favorites and give our thoughts and takeaways.

Top 5 Signs it's time to upgrade your Mac CI Build Infrastructure Image

Top 5 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Mac CI Build Infrastructure

March 13, 2020
September 23, 2019

Is your homegrown Mac mini build farm keeping pace with your organizational growth? If you're not sure, the MacStadium team has put together the top five signs it's time to make a change for the better.

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Introducing Orka

September 9, 2020
September 10, 2019

MacStadium has officially released Orka, our new virtualization layer for Mac build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology. In this video, the MacStadium team shares why Orka was created, how Orka works, why building on Macs is different than other platforms, and much more.

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Virtualizing Mac Infrastructure at Scale: A Dropbox Case Study at VMworld 2019

March 13, 2020
September 9, 2019

MacStadium had the pleasure of presenting a case study on virtualizing Mac infrastructure at scale with Dropbox during a live session at VMworld 2019.

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Check Out Our New Site-to-Site Networking Docs

March 13, 2020
September 5, 2019

We have recently expanded our Mac private cloud Site-to-Site Networking documentation to include specific setup instructions.

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Homebrew Tests Catalina on Orka

March 13, 2020
August 15, 2019

Participating in the Orka beta program this summer, Homebrew teamed up with MacStadium to test the macOS Catalina beta on Orka to great success.

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MacStadium Ranks Number 1329 on the 2019 Inc. 5000

December 19, 2019
August 14, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, MacStadium appears on the Inc. 5000 list with three-year revenue growth of 310 percent


Announcing Orka - Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple

March 13, 2020
August 13, 2019

Released today, Orka (Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple) is our new virtualization layer for Mac build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology.

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MacStadium Announces New Patent for Its Data Center Technology

March 13, 2020
August 7, 2019

We're excited to announce our latest patent for rack mounting Mac Pros. This raises our patent portfolio to five issued patents dating back to 2016.

Benchmarking with Multiple vSphere Builds Using Jenkins

Benchmarking with Multiple vSphere Builds Using Jenkins

March 13, 2020
August 2, 2019

We've set out to discover best practices when virtualizing with vSphere and Jenkins when paired with MacStadium. Read what we consider to be the best way to produce ephemeral VMs.

CI on Mac

CI/CD Differences on Mac Infrastructure

March 13, 2020
July 23, 2019

CI/CD, regardless of the OS associated with it, is generally the same at a high level. However, there are some distinctions in the world of Mac CI/CD including Mac-specific tools and best practices.

MacStadium and Terraform

Provisioning on MacStadium with Terraform

March 13, 2020
July 17, 2019

In the latest in a series of helpful posts for new MacStadium adopters, get tips for using HashiCorp's Terraform with each of MacStadium's virtualization platforms.

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CI Best Practices for iOS and macOS App Development

March 13, 2020
July 10, 2019

MacStadium recently hosted a panel on CI best practices at AltConf. It was an interesting discussion as the companies participating in the panel represent very different development teams and CI practices.

MacStadium and Ansible

Provisioning on MacStadium with Ansible

October 8, 2020
July 9, 2019

In a series of blog posts, we will provide some pointers and a few examples for new MacStadium adopters to use as a guide. Let's start with Ansible...


CI Changes with Catalyst

March 13, 2020
July 2, 2019

Apple highlighted Catalyst’s new features and increased functionality at WWDC. When mass adoption hits, there will need to be some changes to Mac-related CI workflows.

Ephemeral builds

Benefits of Ephemeral iOS Builds

March 13, 2020
June 11, 2019

Mobile DevOps has unique challenges especially when building for the Apple platform. In this post, we will cover the process of self-managed iOS builds and benefits of using ephemeral builds.

WWDC Week in Review

Week in Review: Orka, Mac Pro, WWDC, AltConf and more!

December 19, 2019
June 9, 2019

This has been a busy week at MacStadium. So much so that we put together a “Week in Review." Read on for all the great stuff that happened just in the first week of June alone.

WWDC 2019

Where to Be at WWDC

December 19, 2019
May 28, 2019

WWDC is almost here. It seems that more and more events are planned in and around San Jose for this annual Apple event. As usual, MacStadium will have a big presence in San Jose and this year we have a whale of an announcement to make as well. Come and see us!